Day in history for January 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our old friend John Kisler of Buffalo Prairie has brought the finest lot of hogs of the season to Rock Island. His 11 hogs, all 18 months old, averaged 361 pounds.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Charles Gray, who was the popular driver of one of Frink And Walker's stage coaches out of Rock Island in the 1850s, did not answer today when his friends said ``Good Morning, Charley,'' as he sat in his usual chair in the Maxwell House at Port Byron. He had died in his sleep in the chair.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Teams captained by Charles McHugh and Julius Junge held a clay and live bird shooting contest at Rock Island's 12th Street ball park.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The enlarged South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island was dedicated.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Trusties at the Rock Island County Jail were routed out for an early morning mopping detail after a broken water pipe leaked water on the floor of two offices at the courthouse. A pipe in the third floor men's washroom had broken.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Beginning next month, you'll be talking with someone in Peoria when you call the operator for directory assistance in the Illinois Quad-Cities. As part of a state-wide consolidation, the local directory assistance office in Rock Island will be closed, Illinois Bell announced today. The office will continue to handle toll calls.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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